Color blocking, in fashion and design, is the art and use of contrasting blocks or panels of solid, typically bright colors. I fancy utilizing some of my favorite color combinations using the color blocking method through my outfits. One of my all-time favorite color combinations is red and pink, think Mandy Moore in Brandon Maxwell at the latest Emmys. I think this color combination has the perception of being chic and sophisticated if done with the correct hues. Some sure-fire ways to execute an effortlessly cool color blocking look:
1) Use complimentary colors. If you Google color wheel, you can easily see which colors fall next to each other on the circle. Colors that are across from one another are complimentary colors, so purple and yellow, blue and orange and red and green are all complimentary colors. Any of these color combinations would look excellent in a color block look.
2) Monochromatic color blocking looks are always a hit. Choose one color on the color wheel and find multiple shades of that one color to achieve depth in your look when wearing it from head to toe. Mix fuchsia with pale pinks, for example, to achieve a monochromatic affect.
3) Wear a head to toe neutral look but incorporate a pop of color to add dimension to your color blocking outfit. Pair a great navy-blue power suit with a bright red under shirt to really mix it up.
Now I’m not a color connoisseur. I tend to dabble more in the neutral realm. With this is mind, I thought what better way to kick off the first of October, the considerably spooky month, with my take on a black and orange color blocking situation. I bring to you my Camel and Noir workwear look from today. Outfit details are below OR, as a friendly reminder, you can always follow me in the free LikeToKnow.it app to instantly shop all of my looks. Just search for “sincerelysydneyblog” under the Influencer Search tab and select the image you want to shop for product details. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or send me an email! Happy Spooky Season yall!
Anyone else feel like a total boss when they throw on a
blazer? Working at any job in any capacity, I truly think that blazers are the quintessential
staple piece that every modern woman needs to have in her closet. A blazer is
the perfect article of clothing that can transition from day to night, from the
office to happy hour!
How to style a blazer: This season I am very into head to toe print looks. Pair a plaid blazer with a shift dress downing the same pattern. Blazers are super trendy to wear with turtlenecks in the cooler temperatures. I also think a blazer looks so sexy draped over your shoulders with a lace camisole or bodysuit underneath. Regardless of how you wish to wear a blazer, the best part is that there are so many different styles, shapes, silhouettes and patterns to choose from. I literally just counted, and I currently have 10 different blazers hanging in my closet. I just can’t get enough. The whole menswear as womenswear is totally my jam, and blazers are best in show when achieving this look.
If you want to obtain a good one that lasts you many wears, I suggest taking the time you need to invest in a good piece. Some of my favorite stores to get quality blazers from include H&M, Zara, Ann Taylor, J. Crew…the list goes on and on. I know that you may not be looking to drop hundreds on a blazer quite yet, so I’ve rounded up 10 chic and stylish blazers from all over the internet that you can purchase for under $50.
Linking all of the above blazers below, starting from the top left going across and then down. If you haven’t yet, check out my latest Instagram post and let me know what you think!
I wanted to write this post because probably one of my most frequently asked questions is “what do you do for a living”? I love this question because I genuinely love what I do. Not a day goes by that I don’t have the opportunity to learn a new trick of the trade and as curious as I am this means the most. I have received so many opportunities at my age that a normal 23-year-old would never get the chance to experience. For that, I am grateful. My responsibilities are expansive, and my team expects a lot of me. When I come into work, I have to be prepared to perform. It’s a fast-paced environment, but that’s when I feel I truly thrive. Okay, now let’s get to the deets!
So, what exactly do I do? Well in order to understand that,
I want to back up a little. When I was in school, I pursued degrees in both
Public Relations and Entrepreneurship. As part of my degree, it was required
that I get an internship before I graduated. Panicked and trying to find
something before my Senior year, I stumbled upon this small, data-driven
marketing firm in Chicago on LinkedIn. After applying and two phone interviews
later, I accepted the position and spent my Summer commuting to Chicago
Monday-Friday for this Marketing internship. Studying PR in school, I was never
really exposed to the addressable, data-driven side of marketing. It just
wasn’t a part of the curriculum, but here I experienced a whole new world. I
learned what terms like Prospecting, UTM Codes, Matchback, ROI, etc. all meant.
I was sort of addicted to learning more. When the Summer was up, I mustered up
the courage to ask to stay on throughout my Senior year and intern part time
while I was at school. Surprisingly, they agreed.
Fast forward about 2.5 years later, I am now working full time as a Marketing Manager at the same company. I never left. The company I work at is a people-based, addressable marketing firm. We do everything from Paid Search, Paid Social, Digital Display and Direct Mail (yes this still exists and is actually very effective in converting) for all of our clients. We work with some of the most interesting companies and every day, I get the pleasure of completing tasks ranging from campaign execution, campaign strategy, conducting client meetings, creative trafficking, reporting/analytics, optimizations and so so much more. As previously mentioned, it is a never-ending learning opportunity. It has been pretty incredible. I, myself, lead the way on a handful of accounts. Who can say that at 23 years old only out of school for a year and a half?! It’s kind of crazy but awesome!
One of the concepts I wanted to address on this post that I think is hilarious because I constantly have to have the same conversation with friends and family is how remarketing works. I’ll be sitting at dinner or hanging with friends when someone asks a question along the lines of “I searched for X item on X site and now that’s all I keep seeing online and on my social media, why is that”? Well, now with my job experience, I can provide an answer because doing that is part of my job lol. Companies place pixels or tracking codes on their site. When you enter the site, the pixel is capturing your information and then “remarkets” to youand shows you that exact item because you’ve already expressed interest. Sites can have many pixels on many different pages on their site, so even when you are clicking on a specific blazer for instance, the company likely has a pixel on that page and once you click on it, they are putting you and your information in the remarketing pool to follow you on your online journey and serve ads to you at a later date, and by later date I could mean within minutes. It is completely ethical and legal and pretty much everyone is doing it at this point, so there ya go, now you are equipped to answer this question next time it comes up!
I was fortunate enough to have found an internship while in school and then secure a job before my Senior year was up. It didn’t come easy though and there was a LOT of rejection along the way. I thought it could be insightful to call out some things to consider doing the next time you are looking for an internship or a full-time position:
If you do not have one, set up a LinkedIn profile ASAP. Companies often use LinkedIn profiles as a preface to your resume. Recruiters spend countless hours sifting through LinkedIn to find perfect candidates. You can make wonderful connections through LinkedIn by sending a message to someone at a company you admire or connections through connections. It’s a great networking tool. Also, lots of companies submit job postings through LinkedIn rather than going through the typical Indeed or Monster, so you could find some great opportunities.
Always keep you resume updated! I check in on my resume monthly just to update any new skills I’ve learned or if my job responsibilities increase, I want to make sure to include those. It’s super important to have it ready to go because you never know when an opportunity may present itself or a recruiter will reach out to you. I include a picture of myself on my resume to help put a name to the face. Some companies might be turned off by this, but someone may also love it and find it different. Just something to consider!
Get involved! Whether you are still in school or out of school, find organizations to get involved with and add those to your resume. In school, I was on the leadership team of two student-run creative communications agencies, on the leadership team (President) of an organization, was on 3 departmental committees, volunteered and worked part-time jobs, all of which was included on my resume (humble brag). I genuinely think that contributed to my internship and securing a job before graduation. These opportunities give you the experience needed in the real world.
Ask friends and family for opportunities! The best network you have is the one you already have connections to. If your parent’s friend works in finance and that’s what you’re studying, ask them if they have internships or any open positions. They will likely put in a good word for you if they think it’s a fit because they know you and know your personality. Never be afraid to ask for things you want. No one is going to look out for you better than you!
If you get an interview at a company for a job or internship, DO YOUR RESEARCH!! I can’t stress this enough. My best practice is to spend at least 30 minutes on their site just poking around seeing who their clients are and what their offerings are. It helps when they are interviewing you and ask, “so which client of ours would you want to work on.” This has happened to me. It definitely does not look good if you have no idea who they even work with. Also, ask questions at the end of the interview. I come prepared to interviews with at least 5-7 questions that I would ask them that I am really interested in hearing the answer to. Do not go silent when they ask if you have any questions for them!
I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, leave a comment below!
Out of all the articles of clothing, I feel my most powerful when I wear a jumpsuit. I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps it could be the masculinity of a men’s suit married to the feminine silhouette of a women’s dress. In my honest opinion, it’s the most comfortable, the most effortless and the one piece of clothing I can slip on no matter my mood and feel like I can conquer the world. Do you have any pieces of clothing that makes you feel this way too?
Where did the popularity of the jumpsuit originate from? Once upon a time, a jumpsuit sighting was rare. My earliest recollection of a time when jumpsuits were all the rage is in movies that took place in the 70’s. You’d frequently see the stylish women rocking a one piece as they’re dancing the night away at some club (think Farrah Fawcett’s emerald jumpsuit in Charlie’s Angels). That’s the thing…jumpsuits were too fancy for every day wear and too risqué for the office. Fast forward to the present, and you can’t walk down the street of any metropolitan area without seeing at least a handful of women rocking a jumpsuit in all different kinds of styles.
Jane Fonda called the jumpsuit “the epitome of a modern women’s wardrobe” and I couldn’t agree more. There are now jumpsuits for every occasion. Linen material and light weight for running errands, dressed up but conservative for weddings, form fitting and lace adorned for a night on the town or shoulder-covering and chic for the office. Whenever I go to any clothing retail brick and mortar, the first piece of clothing that attracts my eye is a jumpsuit. So much so, my mom has to steer me away or else all my money would go out the window and my whole closet would be filled with slip on one pieces.
The inspiration for the jumpsuit was drawn from the industrial overall uniforms people used to wear to protect themselves while at a hard day’s work. Fashion designers took this look and transformed it to fit the trendiest celebrities in the most famous movies. Then overtime, the jumpsuit went from Hollywood screens to acceptable on red carpets. Now, jumpsuits are the staple pieces every professional woman has in her closet. The evolution of the jumpsuit is actually quite incredible if you think about it. It has transformed into a piece of clothing that parallels a women’s busy life with the ease of slipping one article of clothing on and heading out the door. Thanks to Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Membership, I can now switch out the jumpsuits in my closet to align with every special occasion (or lack thereof) in my life. I have pulled together some of my favorites from the RTR site in case one of these occasions is coming up for you! All of these styles are available with the Rent the Runway Unlimited Membership.
*All images were pulled from and are exclusively credited to the Rent the Runway site